Bit by the Dog!
There are games that you play in hockey that no matter what you do right the outcome doesn’t fall your way. That’s what happened last night for the Manitoba Moose in Game 1 vs the Hamilton Bulldogs. Cedric Desjardins decided that he would like a shutout for his first ever Calder Cup playoff game and he did just that in a 2-0 victory last night, stopping all 21 shots the Moose threw at him.
The Moose did pretty much what they needed to do against the powerful Bulldogs, including keeping them to 18 shots which is a great key to keeping those Dogs to a minimum of scoring opportunities. Second thing was a perfect 7-out-of-7 on the PK. They had some solid goaltending from Cory Schneider and the defense did a pretty good job keeping the Hamilton top line off the score sheet. A sneaky one-timer beat Schneider late in the third to seal the deal for the Bulldogs but it is only game one. As always in any playoff picture it comes down to goaltending and in order for the Manitoba Moose to get past this first round they will have to get in front and “entertain” Cedric little more than game one. If ya can’t see it, ya ain’t gonna stop it!
That’s your quickie from the crease for now. Until next time…
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